Buddha Bud"dha, n. [Skr. buddha wise, sage, 'the enlightened' fr. budh to know.] 1. The title of an incarnation of self-abnegation, virtue, and wisdom. [1913 Webster]

2. The title of Siddhartha or Gautama, a deified religious teacher of the Buddhists and the founder of Buddhism; called also {Gautama Siddartha} or {Sakya Sinha} (or Muni). From three newly discovered inscriptions of the emperor Asoka it follows that the 37th year of his reign was reckoned as the 257th from the death of Buddha. Hence it is inferred that Buddha died between 482 and 472 B. C. It being agreed that he lived to be eighty, he was born between 562 and 552 B. C. The Buddhist narratives of his life are overgrown with legend and myth. Senart seeks to trace in them the history of the sun-hero. Oldenberg finds in the most ancient traditions -- those of Ceylon -- at least definite historical outlines. Siddhartha, as Buddha was called before entering upon his great mission, was born in the country and tribe of the Sakhyas, at the foot of the Nepalese Himalayas. His father, Suddhodana, was rather a great and wealthy landowner than a king. He passed his youth in opulence at Kapila-vastu, the Sakhya capital. He was married and had a son Rahula, who became a member of his order. At the age of twenty-nine he left parents, wife, and only son for the spiritual struggle of a recluse. After seven years he believed himself possessed of perfect truth, and assumed the title of Buddha, 'the enlightened.' He is represented as having received a sudden illumination as he sat under the Bo-tree, or ' tree of knowledge,' at Bodhgaya or Buddha-Gaya. For twenty-eight or, as later narratives give it, forty-nine days he was variously tempted by Mara. One of his doubts was whether to keep for himself the knowledge won, or to share it. Love triumphed, and he began to preach, at first at Benares. For forty-four years he preached in the region of Benares and Behar. Primitive Buddhism is only to be gathered by inference from the literature of a later time. Buddha did not array himself against the old religion. The doctrines were rather the outgrowth of those of certain Brahmanical schools. His especial concern was salvation from sorrow, and so from existence. There are "four noble truths": (1) existence is suffering; (2) the cause of pain is desire, (3) cessation of pain is possible through the suppression of desire; (4) the way to this is the knowledge and observance of the "good law " of Buddha. The end is Nirvana, the cessation of existence. Buddhism was preached in the vulgar tongue, and had a popular literature and an elaborately organized monastic and missionary system. It made its way into Afghanistan, Bactriana., Tibet, and China. It passed away in India not from Brahman persecution, but rather from internal causes, such as its too abstract nature, too morbid view of life, relaxed discipline, and overgrowth of monasticism, and also because Shivaism and Vishnuism employed many of its own weapons more effectively. The system has been variously modified in dogma and rites in the many countries to which it has spread. It is supposed to number about 850,000,000 of adherents, who are principally in Ceylon, Tibet, China, and Japan. [Century Dict. 1906.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Buddha — (pronunciation: IPA| [bʊd̪.d̪ʰə] ) ( Awakened one or Enlightened One in Sanskrit and Pali) may refer to:Religion* Gautama Buddha, founder of Buddhism, clan name Gautama (Sanskrit; Pali: Gotama), personal name said to be Siddhārtha (Sanskrit; Pali …   Wikipedia

  • Buddha — Siddhartha Gautama, Statue am Niederrhein in der Darstellung als Buddha Shakyamuni (Der Weise aus dem Geschlecht der Shakya) Buddha (Sanskrit, m., बुद्ध, buddha, wörtlich „Erwachter“, chinesisch fó 佛, vietnamesisch bụt …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Buddha — (Budha) (izg. búda) m DEFINICIJA rel. 1. (o.560 480. pr. Kr.), također i Gautama, princ Siddhārtha, osnivač religije budizma 2. prema budističkom vjerovanju o reinkarnaciji, prije Gautame Buddhe postojao je cijeli niz istoimenih Buddha, učitelja… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Buddha Da — (ISBN 1841954519) is a novel written by Anne Donovan. It was shortlisted for the 2003 Orange Prize, and the 2003 Whitbread Book Award for a first novel.Plot summary The book takes a mostly light hearted look at what might happen when two vastly… …   Wikipedia

  • Buddha — Buddha1 [bo͞o′də, bood′ə] n. a statue or image of Buddha Buddha2 [bo͞o′də, bood′ə] [Sans, the enlightened one; pp. of budh, to awake, know < IE base * bheudh : see BID1] Siddhartha Gautama, religious philosopher and teacher who lived in India… …   English World dictionary

  • Buddha — (sanskr., d.i. der Erwachte, Weise), Stifter des Buddhismus (s.d.), bei den Indern die 9. Verkörperung des Wischnu als heiliger Weiser, od. die Fortsetzung der Incarnation desselben als Krischna; nach Andern Emanation aus Brahma, zur Reformirung… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Buddha — Buddha, s. Buddhismus …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Buddha — Buddha, Stifter des Buddhismus (s.d.) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Buddha — (im Sanskrit = erhabene Weisheit), heißt der Stifter des Buddhaismus, welcher als die 9. Fleischwerdung Wischnus verehrt, in China und Korea Fo, in Japan Budsdo, in Tübet Lama, von den Mongolen u. Kalmüken Dschakdschiamuni, auf der hinteren… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Buddha — 1680s, from Pali, lit. awakened, enlightened, pp. of budh to awake, know, perceive, related to Skt. bodhati is awake, observes, understands (see BID (Cf. bid)). Title given by his adherents to the man who taught this path, Siddhartha GAUTAMA (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.